Snacking is a great way to get a quick burst of energy. Snacks for teachers need to be easy to store and not messy. As an ESOL teacher I often only had a few minutes to grab a snack or needed something that I could eat while I was prepping for my next group. For a short time, I got a snack subscription box (Graze). It was fun to get new snacks each month and all of them were easy to eat on the run. I stopped because of the cost and because there would be boxes that I never ended up using.
Here are a few of my favorite grab and go snacks for teachers. Often I mix some of them together to make a trail mix.
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I buy nuts in bulk at Costco and then roast them. Trader Joes also sells dry roasted nuts.
Apple chips and banana chips are my favorite. I try and look for fruit chips where the only ingredient is the fruit. Bare Snacks is one brand that only used natural ingredients. One thing I have noticed about the chips is that you want to make sure you keep them in an airtight container. The bag they come in works great. I tried putting them into reusable ziplock bags and they would lose their crunch. They still tasted fine but were chewy, more like dried fruit. My Costco sells large bags of apple chips for a great price. Whenever they have them I like to stock up.
There are some (most) days when I want some chocolate. My go-to chocolate bark is dark chocolate bark thins. Costo, Target, and Amazon often have good sales on Bark Thins.
Air Popped Popcorn
I have an air-popper at home. It makes great popcorn quickly and with nothing added. If you don’t have an air-popper Skinny Pop Popcorn is a good alternative.
Dried dates are great for a quick energy boost. This is another item that Costo often has a good price on.
I debated if I should add this to the list. My husband (who is also a teacher) voted yes since this is often his main snack during the school day. Apples, bananas, and clementines are easy to throw into a bag.